WASHINGTON – After the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cautioned Tuesday against a “rush to judgment” on stricter gun control. A leading House supporter of restrictions on firearms conceded passage of legislation would be difficult.
“I think we ought to be thinking about the families and the victims and not speculate about future legislative battles that might lie ahead,” said Reid, a view expressed by other Democratic leaders the day after the shootings that left 33 dead on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Rushing to enact legislation so that it looks like you’re doing something is how we ended up with the Patriot Act. It’s not that I don’t want sensible handgun restrictions to be enacted, it’s that sometimes leadership means stepping back when everybody’s clamoring for forward motion.